2014 - 2016 Election Results
Election Results June 30, 2014
President: Dr. James A. Williams
1st Vice President: James D. Gaston III
2nd Vice President: Selvon M. Waldron
Treasurer: Ms. Rina T. Daniels
Secretary: Mrs. Monica D. Green
Sergeant-at-Arms: Mr. Bernard Grayson
2014 - 2016 List of Candidates for UDCNAS Offices
President Mah-Ki Fox | James Williams
First Vice President James Gaston
Second Vice President Selvon Waldron
Treasurer Rina Daniels | Cornet Njoku | Erma J. McCray
Secretary Mindy Hill | Monica D. Green
Serjeant-at-Arms Bernard Grayson | Herman 'Rip' Preston
A native Washingtonian, Mah-ki M. Fox is the Founder CEO/Managing Director of ISTJ Consulting a premier marketing and management-consulting firm headquartered in Washington, DC. As an business owner Mr. Fox has worked with clients in the not-for-profit, private sector as well as both local and federal governments. In addition to entrepreneurship Mr. Fox's professional career also includes tenures at The Department of Treasury and Booz Allen Hamilton. While at Booz Allen, Mr. Fox was the youngest associate project manager within the firm's Human Capital & Learning Division managing an annual subcontract portfolio of 22.7 million dollars.
Mr. Fox is currently a Doctorate of Business Administration candidate at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. Additionally, Mr. Fox holds two Masters degrees from the University of Maryland University College (Masters of Science in Management with a specialization in marketing management and MBA with a focus in strategic management). Mr. Fox also holds two Bachelors of Business Administration degrees from the University of the District of Columbia in Marketing (2007) and Management (2010).
As a student, Mr. Fox was very involved in various student organizations on the campus including but not limited to; a member of the Student Advisory Council (SAC) to the dean of the School of Business and Public Administration, President of the Economics & Finance Club, Vice President to the Washington, DC Epsilon chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon (International Honor Society in Economics) and Chief of Staff for the USGA 2006-2007 Administration. Mr. Fox acts dually as the alumni advisor to both the Economics and Finance Club and ODE International Honor Society of SBPA. In January 2013 Mr. Fox was appointed by Alton Byrd, president of the University of the District of Columbia National Alumni Society (UDCNAS) to represent the society on the University's "20/20 Vision Strategic Planning Committee". While on the committee Mr. Fox was a vocal and active participant advocating for strategic alignment and growth of the university. Mr. Fox has also served within the UDCNAS, helping to increase membership and by an estimated 30%. In addition as the co-chair of the fundraising committee, Mr. Fox has raised approximately $20,000 during the split 2013-14 calendar year through memberships, donations and grants.
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James D. Gaston, III serves as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of the District of Columbia within the Executive Office of Mayor. His primary duty is to manage the Office of the Secretary (OS) social media networks which include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the six divisions on the OS Website. Additionally, he coordinates the DC One Fund, the Government of the District of Columbia's 33,000 employee annual workplace giving program. James also serves as a representative for the Secretary of the District of Columbia during the Public Space Committee meetings, to review District of Columbia permit applications for the use and occupancy of the public right-of-way that do not fall within the regular permitting process. The Office of the Secretary is responsible for various special events on behalf of the Mayor of the District of Columbia of which James serves as the lead staff support to include the District of Columbia Emancipation Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and the 2012 Presidential Inauguration.
Prior to joining the staff of the Executive Office of the Mayor, James worked in the field of postsecondary education serving as the Outreach Coordinator/Program Specialist for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education for the District of Columbia as well as Program Manager with the United Negro College Fund. Within local government, James has held positions to include Assistant City Administrative Officer, HotSpot Coordinator and Director for the after-school youth enrichment program for the City of New Carrollton, Maryland. James began his career in local government in 1995 with the Executive Office of Mayor for the City of Atlanta.
Currently, James serves as 2nd Vice President of UDCNAS and my initiatives and responsibilities include the following;
- Represent the UDCNAS as the UDC FIREBIRDS Athletics Booster Club Chair;
- Administer the UDC LinkedIn account since November 2011; which has raised the membership number from 200 members to 445 members; UDCNAS now reaches UDC alumni across the USA, along with Prague, Czech Republic, to Cairo, Egypt, to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to Cape Town, South Africa, to São Paulo Brazil;
- Created and manage the @UDCNASALUMNI Twitter account;
- Served on the 2011 & 2012 UDC Dinner Dance Planning Committee;
- Serve as the UDCNAS representative on the 35 Alumni Association member DC HBCU Alliance and Registration Packet Coordinator, Corporate Donor Relations & Social Media Representative for the 2013 & 2014 DC HBCU Alliance 5k/2k race scholarship fundraisers;
James D. Gaston, III has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from Morehouse College and Master of Public Administration from the University of District of Columbia.
Selvon Malcolm Waldron is a Firebird at heart. In 2003, he accepted an admissions offer from UDC and moved to the US with funds to cover one semester, but with a dream of higher education.
Waldron earned his BBA in Management ('08) and his MBA with a concentration in International Business ('11) from the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and he is a certified Project Management Professional. He has served the University of the District of Columbia in several capacities. In 2006, he was elected as the Student Representative to the Board of Trustees and he was a member of two (2) of the university's Strategic Planning Committees in 2006 and 2008.
Currently, he is the Director of Development and Grants at Life Pieces To Masterpieces (LPTM). With his staff, Waldron manages over $1.3M in Life Pieces To Masterpieces revenue/receipts. In his role, Waldron manages LPTM's team of management consultants, corporate/government/private partner relationships and administers over 50 organizational grants. LPTM is a Washington based nonprofit that is focuses on urban education reform through art-education programs that teach integrity, character development and leaderships to young boys and men living in Washington, DC's most poverty stricken and volatile neighbors. The program annually serves over 200 local participants. Life Pieces To Masterpieces uses artistic expression to develop character and leadership, unlock potential, and prepare African American boys and young men to transform their lives and community. In the last 8 years, 100% of LPTM's participants have graduated from high-school and have gone on to college. LPTM has been recognized both locally and nationally for its work in youth development and education among African American males. Its Urban Teacher Training (Color Me Community) program provides sensitivity training to local schools and regional school districts and LPTM's curriculum has been shared at national conferences including College Board and Collation on Schools Education Boys of Color respectively.
Waldron was a United Nations Association Graduate Fellow (2011) where he worked on analyzing the impact of UN's Human Rights and Environment programs and analyzing of the success of the Millennium Development Goals with a cohort of 18 Washington area graduate students from 5 universities. Waldron has a long professional background as a contract and project manager having managed over $40 million in federal and local government contracts and grants for Leadership in Energy Environmental Design (LEED) projects and human/sustainable development projects. He has also completed training as a Citizen Diplomat proctored by the Civic League of Washington, DC and was a member of the 2013 cohort of Leadership Greater Washington – Effective Leadership Institute.
Rina T. Daniels graduated cum laude from the University of the District of Columbia on May 10, 2008 with the degree of Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management and the degree of Associate in Applied Science in Business Technology. She has served as UDC's Alumni Adviser for the Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business since March 2013.
As an undergrad at UDC, Rina was recognized as a Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities in 2006, 2007 and 2008. She also served in several leadership positions, which led to her deepened love for the University, including President of Delta Mu Delta Honor Society 2006-2008, Treasurer of the Beta Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 2007-2008, and President of the Undergraduate Student Government Association 2007-2008 where she was responsible for overseeing a budget of more than $200,000.
Ms. Daniels spent several years as a Replenishment Buyer for Giant Food, Inc. where she was responsible for managing optimal inventory target levels for over 2,300 items and resolving all system, warehouse, category, and vendor issues related to distribution of products. She was also Assistant Program Director for AKEME Programs, Managing Editor for Experience Reality Magazine and Before and After Care Coordinator for LSCDC, Inc. Her career background has afforded her a vast experience with managing projects including the creation and distribution of project communications, data collection and analysis.
In her newest venture as the Executive Director for Wynn Professional Industries, Ms. Daniels is involved with managing projects and grant writing. While in this role, she conceptualized and secured funding for several community events for youth including the Mr. & Miss District of Columbia Youth Advocate Showcase and the Season of Change Essay Challenge, both are Ward 8 projects.
If selected as the next Treasurer for the UDC National Alumni Society, Rina plans to strengthen the office by helping to create an efficient annual budget and Standard Operating Procedures. She has experience with budgeting, an excellent eye for detail and believes in thorough reporting. In this role, she plans to be available before and after every meeting to conduct financial transactions and looks forward to working with leadership and the body to increase membership and to meet all financial goals.
I have been a member of the National Alumni Society of the University of the District of Columbia since 2010. I began working with the alumni since I joined, first serving as chairperson from 2010 to 2012 for Historical Black College Walk, which was held on the Monument grounds. I also volunteered at other alumni functions when needed. I currently serve in the Treasurer position and willing to continue to serve in this capacity. As treasurer my duties consist of collecting all monies from members, write receipts for members indicating amount paid for regular dues or life-time membership, and deposit funds into UDCNAS account. I also write checks for reimbursement of funds, scholarship, and picking up orders when necessary. I give monthly reports of funds. As of April 2014 I have joined the ranks as a retiree. Before retiring I work for almost 42 years. Six years for U.S. Treasury Department as a secretary and later became a claim examiner. The remaining years I worked for the United States Department of Agriculture, first as a secretary and later becoming a Web-Tech Data Base Coordinator. I currently hold two degrees: In 2006 I obtained an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and I also received a Certificate in Non-Profit Management in 2012.
With her creative ability Mindy Hill knew that one day she would be able to help make the world a better place. Born in Tarzana, California she obtained her Mass Media Bachelor's degree from the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, DC. As a former Upward Bounder she began her first college session straight from high school, so summer breaks were spent reading and writing which she loves.
Service has always been at the core of Mindy whether it was helping neighbors or strangers she was right there to lend a helping hand. Her service continued with volunteering for Organizing for America, the National Action Network; a marketing representative for The Source Magazine, BET Networks, to even holding a leadership position as President of the Octagon Club.
It wasn't until after attending various universities she would find a unique and divine connection to the University of the District of Columbia, where she and her business partner Tina Soesianto met. While at the University of the District of Columbia Mindy often found herself challenging her academic standards so she developed her independent study herself with hopes that her advisor would approve it. What came out of her independent study, a PR Communications Model for the District of Columbia Community College Student Success Center which advises undeclared study majors, and let's not forget the A for the grade! That model would serve as her foundation for many models to come.
Mindy's dedication to strive for excellence is what has brought her thus far, and her tenacity and will power to never give up. She currently serves as the Secretary for the University of the District of Columbia Alumni Association.
Ms. Hill is a leader and minority owned business women of PR Wiz, Inc. based in Washington, DC.
Monica D. Green - Secretary Candidate
Monica D. Green holds three Associates of Applied Science Degrees (Class of 2002 and 2006) Bachelors of Business Administration Degree (2006) and a Masters of Public Administration Degree (2008) all conferred from the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). She is certified as a Wedding and Event Planner, receiving her certification from Pearson Learning in 2004. During her educational journey at UDC Mrs. Green was a leader and active in many facets of the university. Mrs. Green served as the Student Activities and Special Events (SASE) Chair for USGA, President of the Business Management Association, was nominated and won Miss Senior two Years in a row, and was the Vice President for the Graduate Student Government Association. Mrs. Green was also the Founder and President of Black Women In Action, as well as assisted with establishing the first National Forum for Black Public Administrations student driven organization on UDC's campus. Currently she is an active member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Executive Society of Urban Professionals (ESOUP), and Association of Bridal Consultants.
May 2010 Mrs. Green became an Adjunct Professor for UDC teaching Freshman Orientation. She is currently teaching with the UDCCC teaching First Year Seminar. This has truly been a dream of hers as she is now able to give back to her Alma Mata by preparing the new Leaders of the 21st Century. Mrs. Green was also hire to train over 200 DC residents, Customers Service Skills training so that they could be hired by the brand new Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC.
Bernard M. Grayson - Serjeant-At-Arms Candidate
Bernard M. Grayson, Jr. holds two Associates of Applied Science Degrees (Classes of 2003 & 2004) and two Bachelors of Business Administration Degrees (Classes of 2005 & 2012) from the University of the District of Columbia, as well as a Masters of Arts with a concentration in Procurement & Acquisitions from Webster University (St. Louis, MO). In addition, Mr. Grayson is currently completing the requirements for a Masters of Business Administration in the subject matter area of Procurement and Acquisitions.
Mr. Grayson was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and attended the District of Columbia Public Schools. He is a strong supporter of the city's children and youth and has attempted to improve the quality of life for youth across the city. Mr. Grayson served in the national volunteer program AmeriCorps*VISTA in 1997-2000. Here he held the position of community service liaison within Anacostia Senior High School. Serving in the capacity of mentor, educator, and coach. Impacting the lives of over one thousand teenage youth yearly through the community service programs he created.
As a student at the University of the District of Columbia Mr. Grayson remained socially active and strived to provide knowledge and leadership to the student body at the University of the District of Columbia. Mr. Grayson served as the President of the Undergraduate Student Government Association, Vice-President of the school of Business and Public Administration's Business Management Association, Secretary of the American Humanics Student Association and twice held the position of Treasurer of the Senior Class, he was also a member of the Firebird II Investment Club and has participated in the School of Business and Public Administration's student advisory committee. Currently he is an active member of the National Alumni Association and the Executive Society of Urban Professionals (ESOUP).
Mr. Grayson began his entrepreneurship experience in 1998 when he and a fellow classmate at Prince George Community College in Largo, MD started a bartending service. The purpose of the company was to provide bartenders for hire to private parties and catering companies. In 2001 Mr. Grayson founded Grayson Management Enterprises, L.L.C. a local business consulting company for beginning entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations. Grayson Management Enterprises, LLC, (GME) is a management outsourcing and consulting services firm based in Washington, DC. GME primarily specializes in providing services in the following areas:
- Program and Project Management
- Management Information Systems Development and, Implementation
- Business Plan Development
- Strategic Planning
- Proposal Development
- Grants Management
- Event/Fundraising Development
- Incorporation Assistance
- Meeting Planning
- Capacity Building
- Volunteer Management
- Board Member Development
GME focuses on serving small and medium sized businesses, local government agencies and non-profit agencies that serve the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area. At the core of our business philosophy is the simple idea that through excellence in program and operation's management, we can help government and businesses carry out their missions to assist people and communities. GME is energized by the positive results that we help our clients to achieve.
Mr. Grayson has spent the past several years in government service as an Acquisition Professional with the General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. Department of Commerce and current holds a position with the Government of the District of Columbia Office of Contract and Procurement. Mr. Grayson is committed to improving his academics and achieving his life goals.